Brief respite for Buxton and High Peak after days of heavy snowfall

Frozen roads and railways in a roof top view across Buxton
Frozen roads and railways in a roof top view across Buxton

THE High Peak enjoyed a brief respite on Friday after days of heavy snowfall.

But freezing temperatures overnight led to hazardous driving conditions, with the Highways Agency warning motorists to take extra care due to icy road surfaces.

Some schools stayed closed for a fourth day, and a number of high-level routes, including the A57 Snake Pass and the A6024 Holme Moss, also remained shut. Other roads, including the A537 Cat and Fiddle, the A53 Leek Road and A54 Congleton Road, are now passable with care.

Derbyshire County Council said its fleet of 47 gritters were continuously gritting the precautionary network, except those roads blocked by abandoned vehicles. Drifting snow was also a hazard on a number of routes.

Trent Barton is running a limited service on the 185 and 186 services between Harpur Hill and Queen’s Court, Fairfield. Skyline 199 buses are running as normal, but not serving Peak Dale, while the Transpeak route, with the exception of Ashford-in-the-Water, Taddington village and Chelmorton, is also running as usual.

The Met Office has an early advisory out for widespread icy roads across Derbyshire tonight (Friday), with the possibility of further snow.